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CanalWay Center's Fight the Frost Festival lets you embrace winter

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A free, family-friendly, educational Metroparks winter outing awaits at CanalWay Center's 5th annual Fight the Frost Festival on Saturday, February 15 in the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation.

A Bit About the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation Stretching through several Cleveland area communities in the city's industrial heart, the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation follows part of the historic 309 mile Ohio & Erie canal. The Reservation features 7.2 miles of the All-Purpose Towpath Trail that runs all the way to New Philadelphia. Observation decks in the Reservation afford the opportunity to visitors to see animals like blue herons, red-tailed hawks, deer, beavers and a wide variety of birds.

CanalWay Center Located on 306 acres, CanalWay Center serves as a Visitors Center along the Towpath Trail and features numerous indoor exhibits and interpretive programming that explore the complicated relationship between people, industry and nature.

Fight the Frost Festival Running from noon - 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, this free event offers a multitude of fun, outdoor and indoor activities that the whole family will enjoy. Among the outdoor activities are winter hikes (led by a Cleveland Metroparks naturalist), snowshoeing (if there is enough snow), bird watching, a weather science experiment and roasting marshmallows over a fire.

Indoor activities include puppet shows, cornhole, making frosty crafts and returning by popular demand, carpet skating.

Guests will be able to enjoy snow cones, cookies and hot chocolate.

Be sure to check out the gift shop where you can purchase items like snacks, books on the Towpath Trail, local maps and even fishing bait and tackle.

For more information about the Fight the Frost Festival or CanalWay Center call 216-206-1000 or get online at www.clevelandmetroparks.com.

CanalWay Center is located at 4524 E. 49th Street in Cleveland.

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